Run the Gates 2013

June 24, 2013 2:53 am0 commentsViews: 73
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xRunGates2013-1The early summer weather had a few surprises in store for runners questing after their personal best times at the 8th Annual Run the Gates event on Sunday June 2 at Forsythia Park in Levittown. Hazy, hot, and humid do not an ideal race make. Runners are a hearty lot, however; most took the conditions in stride, and completed both courses— 5 mile race and 1 mile fun run— in impressive style.

We had close to 300 paid registrants in both races, with 225 finishing the races.  We noticed some five milers who opted to drop after the first loop but, despite the weather, most of the folks who toed it up at the start came around to dash down our fabled downhill finish “between the cobblestones” on Forsythia Crossing.

Maggie Kanak.

Maggie Kanak.

Jason Hagerman, 37, of Bensalem took the men’s honors this year with a time of 31:31 or 6:18 per mile pace. Jason was trailed closely by Joe

Haughey of Richboro, at 32:05 (6:25 pace). Jason placed 6th overall last year with a slightly faster 30:58 time, so heat may have been a factor this year.

Maggie Kanak, 47, of Newtown, who finished first last year, took the top female spot again with a 32:43 time (6:32).  Megan D’Archangelo, 31, of Furlong, PA placed a close second, 38 seconds behind with 33:21(6:40). The two women also finished 4th and 5th overall in the race. Maggie placed 16th overall in 2012 with a time of 33:58, so she bettered her time in the heat by some margin.

Maike Hueckelheim, 14 of Holland , and Nick Medash, 9, of Bensalem, were crowned one mile champions with time of 8:12 and 7:47 respectively. Second overall to Nick was Jeff Blough of Ewing, NJ, only one second behind at 7:48. Jeff was ecstatic over his performance, and vows to come back next year.

Our hats are off to Tony Gibilante, a stalwart member of the Handicapped Crusaders, one of the groups supported by the run. He completed 21 circuits of Forsythia Crossing Park, besting his record of 20 last year. Tony, by the way is blind, and walked this route with his guide Debbie, while the five-mile race raged on. He endured long after the last of the five milers crossed the line.

xRunGates2013-2cropRun the Gates is an officially sanctioned Bucks County Roadrunner event. We are also co-sponsored by and one of a host of activities offered by the Middletown Township Department of Parks and Recreation. These two organizations have been with us since we made the move to Forsythia Crossing Park and we could not pull this event off without them. We also want to express our appreciation to the Penndel-Middletown Rescue Squad for providing us with an emergency crew for the duration of the event; Highland Park Community Church for its monetary, personnel, and spiritual support; Sodexo, Inc. for providing food and culinary talent; the Idlewoodsmen for entertaining the masses with rock music from the 60’s to today; our crew of dedicated volunteers; our neighbors along route who came out to show support, man water stations, and also provide spray to the runners, who sorely needed it; and all our sponsors and supporters.

Run the Gates prides itself on our stadium-style event for spectators and families. The runners start, run through, and finish in Forsythia Crossing Park, shielded from all traffic. The RTG crew, in a few hours, transforms this normally tranquil venue into a true athletic arena. They then leave no trace and restore it to its pre-race splendor.

Proceeds from the event are split evenly among three important Bucks County organizations providing services for people with disabilities: Delta Community Supports, Handicapped Crusaders, and the Bucks County Council for Individuals with Disabilities.

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